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High Protein Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

published: March 23, 2024

updated: March 23, 2024

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Introducing a mouthwatering delight – Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese! This recipe combines the rich creaminess of classic mac and cheese with the bold flavors of buffalo chicken for a dish that's both comforting and delightfully spicy. Plus, this dish is high in protein with 34 grams per serving!

If you like all things Buffalo chicken like I do, then you have to check out our Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos (a viral recipe!) and are super simple Buffalo Chicken Egg Roll Bowl.

3 Reasons Why You'll Love This Recipe

  1. Full of flavor. Buffalo chicken is a bold flavor, but we mellow it out with classic, creamy mac and cheese to deliver a bold yet velvety smooth flavor experience.
  2. 34g of protein per serving. Pasta entrees aren't typically high in protein content, but our High Protein Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is. This means that you get to enjoy your favorite foods while also hitting your protein goal.
  3. It's ready in 35 minutes. Around here, family dinner needs to be quick, easy, and loved by all, and this recipe checks all the boxes! You can whip this weeknight meal up in 35 minutes or less.

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High Protein Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Introducing a mouthwatering delight – Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese! This recipe combines the rich creaminess of classic mac and cheese with the bold flavors of buffalo chicken for a dish that's both comforting and delightfully spicy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 320 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 Mixing spoon
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. Chicken breast, boneless, skinless Cut into chunks
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow noodles
  • 1/4 cup Mild Buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese Divided

Instructions
 

  • Cut the chicken into small cubes and place them in a mixing bowl. Add onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Use a spoon to mix well, ensuring that all the chicken pieces are evenly coated.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken cubes in a single layer and cook until they turn a nice golden brown, which should take about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and carefully pour in the chicken broth and milk. Allow the mixture to simmer until you start to see bubbles forming.
  • Once the mixture begins to bubble, add the noodles to the skillet. Let everything simmer together until the noodles become tender, which should take approximately 10-12 minutes.
  • When the noodles are tender, stir in the buffalo sauce and 1 cup of cheese. Continue stirring until the sauce becomes thick, creamy, and cheesy.
  • Serve the mac and cheese in your desired serving bowls. While it's still hot, top it with the remaining cheese. Enjoy!

Notes

You can adjust the level of spiciness by using more or less buffalo sauce, depending on your preference.
If you're not a fan of cheddar cheese, you can experiment with other cheese varieties like mozzarella or gouda.
To make this dish a complete meal, you can serve it with a side of fresh salad or steamed vegetables.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 34gFat: 10g
Keyword buffalo chicken
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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